Cradle Chair and Net Tables by Benjamin Hubert

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“Cradle is a new lounge chair launching at salone internazionale del mobile in april 2013. the project is the result of a close collaboration between benjamin hubert and italian brand moroso. The product is a unique blend of two typologies of seating – a net structured hammock and a conventional upholstered lounge chair. the chairs aesthetic is purposfully architectural with a sharp rectilinear backrest contrasted with a softer seating area breaking traditional rules of seating typology and styling. The chair stems from the studio’s materials driven, process led, industrial design approach, research into the construction of mesh materials, and a study of the relationships between traditional seating components. Cradle utilises a custom-made cut pattern that allows a non-elastic textile to stretch in a controlled manner in a three dimensional form. this allows for the correct tension to comfortably support the body and both visually and physically reduces the product’s weight and cost. The chair comprises a metal frame supporting a non-elastic textile with a geometric cut pattern, which cradles an upholstered seat block.

Net is a series of small tables launching at salone internazionale del mobile in april 2013. the project is the result of a close collaboration between benjamin hubert and italian brand moroso. The tables stem from the studio’s materials driven, process led, industrial design approach, and research into the use of found materials in ways that change a users’ perception of an industrial material into a high-end desirable material for the home. Net utilises expanded steel, which is more commonly found on industrial equipment and architecture. the material has been manipulated to form cylinders and discs, which have been finished with powder coated paint. In reference to its industrial origins, ‘Net’ is purposefully geometric and simple in its design language. these simple forms also work to allow the user to appreciate the beauty of the material. the tables have a large surface with expanded steel perforations that give a feeling of lightness while being small enough to not allow small objects to slip through.” benjaminhubert.co.uk

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